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Friday, March 01, 2013

Koscienly and Coquelin the tactical changes for the derby

By 1970’s Gooner

Arsene Wenger has to decide how to approach this extremely important game against Spurs on Sunday. The philosophy to be adopted will determine to a great extend the outcome of the game and possibly Arsenal’s participation in next season’s Champions League.

What he should do is not what he chose to do in the game against Bayern.

Instead of acknowledging Bayern’s threats and quality and trying to combat that, he chose to play like he would always play against any average team.

In that game he adopted a very attacking philosophy ignoring the protection that the defence badly needed and choosing players that were too offensively minded.

Arsenal’s formation included only one truly defensive midfielder!!

The three midfielders were Arteta, who played in front of the defence and stack to his defensive duties as he always does.

Ramsey who is definitely not a defensive midfielder and is usually out of his depth for most games in the Premier League let alone against a top European team. He was in any case more often than not stuck further out on the wide side of midfield.

And Wilshere who did not sit back to protect the defence of course but was further up field organising the attacks.

The three more forward players were Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla.

Cazorla did not play as an out and out winger of course but was coming inside more often than not. But he also is not a defensive minded midfielder is he?

So we were playing a very important game WITH ONLY ONE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER SITTING IN FRONT OF THE DEFENCE. No wonder our defenders looked fragile and harassed.

Any defence of any team would really struggle with the kind of protection that Wenger offers to the Arsenal defenders.

This must not be repeated in the important games.

In addition and to make matters worse Wenger’s tactics always force the full backs into a wing back role where they are required to bomb forward. And quite often both full backs do this at the same time!

The conclusion is that it is not our defenders who are not good enough but the offensive minded tactics and formation that are to blame.

And that is why all Wenger’s teams will always be defensively frail.

All this has to change against Spurs, starting with the inclusion in the starting line up of two defensively minded and disciplined midfielders.

They will offer a protective wall in front of the defence and more importantly provide the cover on the flanks to counteract Spurs’ obvious strength which is on their wings with Bale and Lennon.

The two midfielders should be Arteta and Coquelin. Diaby is not 100% fit and in any case he is not that disciplined to stay back and provide cover.

The more offensive midfielder will be Wilshere and so he should be. He will also be aided by Cazorla who will be coming inside to help with the play making duties.

Wenger has to consider which is the lesser of two evils. Does he play with only one defensive midfielder and two more creative in Wilshere and Cazorla with Podolski on the left wing? He will after all offer better protection by tracking back than Cazorla.

Or does he start with what I am suggesting and rely on the two defensive midfielders to cover on the flank when needed.

The other important decision will be who plays at right back. It is obvious that Wenger will choose Jenkinson but I think Koscienly should be preferred.

He is more experienced, played well in that position for Arsenal before and will be up for the fight against Bale, if he stays on the wing.


Koscienly Mertesacker Vermaelen Monreal

        Coquelin        Arteta


Walcott   Giroud    Cazorla

One thing he must not do is start with Ramsey.


Nichodemus said...

Complete bullshit. Have you seen Ramsey play recently when placed in his more familiar role rather than the wing? Why should we play Coquelin in such an important game? The Bayern match's poor defence was largely due to the poor performance of the defenders themselves, e.g one of Verm's poor poor performance, and not wholly a DM issue.

Anonymous said...

Let me add; complete and utter bullshit.

Anonymous said...

What the author is suggesting is that the whole approach by Wenger is too too offensive which leaves the defence unprotected.

Anonymous said...

the players in the defence need to play better. Thats the best way to strengthen at the back.

Also it is true that we need to protect them better

Anonymous said...

its about time Coquelin is given a run in the team now that Diaby's fitness is in doubt.

Ramsey is too young and flimsy

Bennie said...

For 2 seasons NOW...our worst perfomances as a team coincides with Wenger insisting on playing Ramsey ahead of quality and ,many times fully fit players like Rosicky..forexample.

What happened to us in the CL against Bayern...also happened against Milan.

This time last year..he was again benched and Rosicky pulled the rings that got us on a run that secured Champions League.

Why NOT give the opportunity to Francis Coquelin? He can fight, chase, and for me, even better passer of the ball.

As soon as Ramsey was brought back in the lineup towards the end of last season...we collapsed again. ONLY that we had secured CL football for this season.

Anonymous said...

I think that Rosicky is a similar player as cazorla and I would play Cazorla of course.

Rosicky would be more effective coming off the bench.

Ramsey definitely should not start.

And yes I agree Coquelin should be given a chance.

Anonymous said...

Coquelin should play, but as right back. A role he is familar with and can be trusted against Bale rather than Jenkinson.

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